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Services For People Who Experience Multiple Disadvantages

We provide services for clients with multiple disadvantages.

At Survivors’ network, we believe, we listen, and we support survivors of sexual violence and abuse across Sussex. Guided by our intersectional feminist principles we provide inclusive and compassionate support to survivors of all ages, genders, races, religions, backgrounds, and abilities.

We understand that our service users have may have unique needs according to their abilities and backgrounds. We are constantly evolving to make sure our service meets the needs of our clients.

We support people of all genders in Sussex who have had an unwanted sexual experience either recently or in the past. We call this sexual violence. The service is confidential and independent from the police, this means you can receive support even if you do not want to report your experience to the police.

Multi Disadvantages

When we talk about multiple disadvantages, we mean people who come across difficulties when trying to get support for sexual violence. We call these difficulties barriers. These barriers can include:

  • Insecure housing
  • Current or historic offending behaviours
  • Substance use
  • Sex working
  • Mental health problems

Our Multiple Disadvantages ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor)

We provide specialist support for those who are affected by multiple disadvantages. Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) team consists of two specialists that work closely with people multiple disadvantages to…

  • Provide free information and practical support if you have experienced sexual violence.
  • Connect you with housing, mental health, and social services.
  • Help you to understand your options.
  • Provide specialist support throughout the criminal justice process (if you choose to report your experiences to the police).
  • Offer support through trusted professionals you are being supported by.

Our Helpline & Email Service

Our Helpline & Email Service offers open-ended emotional support and signposting to other support services. It is not a therapeutic service, but we will listen to, believe, and support you. This service is run by our team of fully trained, self-identified women volunteers. This Service is open to people of any gender aged 14+ years. 

Mondays from 7-9 pm and Wednesdays from 12-1.30 pm

​Call us on 01273 720 110 or email us at help@survivorsnetwork.org.uk.

If you are looking for help outside of our helpline hours try the national 24/7 helpline, Call Rape Crisis England & Wales on 0808 500 222 or visit their website to access their live chat.